Free agency is underway, although not a ton has happened since it opened on Monday evening, but here’s a quick rundown:
– Kyrie Irving agreed to a 5-year, $90 maximum contract extension to stay in Cleveland. If only the Wolves had done the same with Kevin Love….
– Lionel Hollins has already had dinner with Nets brass, and met with them again on Tuesday. He seems to be the clear front-runner for Jason Kidd’s old job after the former Nets head coach was officially inserted as the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
– The Wolves officially announced that Ryan Saunders will be added to the coaching staff.
– Former Brooklyn Nets guard Shaun Livingston has agreed to a three-year, $16 million pact with the Golden State Warriors. This is Wolves-relevant on a couple of levels. Livingston was often rumored to be one of the few top targets of Flip Saunders in free agency this summer, but was snapped up quickly. Secondly, Livingston is a long, defensive-minded wing that could replace some of Klay Thompson‘s minutes in Golden State if/when Thompson is traded.
– The Washington Wizards brought back center Marcin Gortat on a massive five-year, $60 million contract. It’s a bit of an overpay for Gortat, but legitimate, starting-caliber centers are in relative short supply in this day in age.
And that’s pretty much it. Lots of rumors, very little involving the Wolves. There were a few tweets regarding the Wolves’ continued interest in Klay Thompson and the Warriors continued refusal to include him in a Kevin Love trade. Minnesota is also said to be “keeping tabs” on Parsons in the event that Houston swings and misses on Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and others.
Don’t expect any Wolves movement in the coming days, but once Anthony finds a home, a Love trade could come not long after. Following that, Saunders would go about retooling the roster, and the off-season will really get going for Wolves fans. Stay tuned.